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Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad named opposition PM candidate

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The former long-time Prime Minister agrees to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – his former nemesis turned political ally – to become prime minister on his release from prison if Anwar is granted a royal pardon

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech after he was elected as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate during the four-party coalition Pact of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) convention in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Najib destroying Malaysia, stoking racial tensions – Mahathir

Dec 07, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Mahathir: He Najib is destroying this country he is bringing in racism very very serious crime has been committed

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in Putrajaya. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysian PM eyes snap poll, vows fight to the death

Dec 01, 2016 - 3:46 PM

It is the first time Malaysian leader Najib Razak has signaled he may bring forward polls not due until mid 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) arrives to address the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Kuala Lumpur on December 1, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia PM claims party's support despite mounting scandal

May 11, 2015 - 8:56 PM

Pressure on Najib Razak mounts over allegations of fraud and embezzlement at a debt ridden state owned investment company that he launched and still oversees

AIRLINE TRACKING. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak presents a keynote address at The National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 May 2014. Shamshahrin Shamsudin/EPA

Malaysia passes anti-terrorism law, raising rights fears

Apr 07, 2015 - 11:20 AM

The Prevention of Terrorism Act allows authorities to detain terrorism suspects without charge and the political opposition as well as legal and rights groups urge its withdrawal

SEAT OF POWER. A general scene of the Prime Minister's Office building in Putrajaya, the government city next to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 03 April 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Mahathir hits Malaysian PM over scandals

Apr 02, 2015 - 3:51 PM

The influential ex Prime Minister demands explanations from current PM Najib Razak in two highly sensitive scandals and warns the ruling party will lose power with Najib at the helm

INFLUENTIAL. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Family seek royal pardon for Anwar

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Anwar s family seeks a royal pardon for his conviction on sodomy charges to reverse a gross miscarriage of justice

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia’s autocrats go marching on

Feb 18, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Malaysia s rulers aren t so much as goose stepping but making a mad dash towards authoritarian rule… again writes James Giggacher

UNDER SCRUTINY. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Anwar in 'deplorable' jail conditions – daughter

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Nurul Izzah says the conditions were inappropriate for her father and could exacerbate a chronic back problem and otherwise threaten the 67 year old s health

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Najib under scrutiny over wealth, opposition crackdown

Feb 15, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Najib Razak is under fire for cracking down on opponents troubles in a sovereign wealth fund and questions over his family assets

UNDER SCRUTINY. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia: Life after Anwar

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Malaysia expert Dr John Funston from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific discusses what Anwar s conviction means for the country’s political future

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Anwar alleges 'conspiracy' as he is sent to jail

Feb 10, 2015 - 12:16 PM

UPDATED The Federal Court dismisses Anwar s appeal against the conviction handed down last March which found him guilty of sodomising a young former male aide

DEFIANT. Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Anwar warns guilty ruling could backfire on Malaysia gov't

Feb 04, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Anwar: Will this lead to further disgruntlement and therefore a surge in support for the opposition ? I believe so

Students bear the strain of Malaysian school 'crisis'

Oct 08, 2014 - 3:33 PM

In 2012 standardised tests Malaysian 15 year olds rank the worst in East Asia outperforming only Indonesia

SCHOOL TIME. Malaysian schoolchildren take an oath during an event at a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18 September 2012. Ahmad Yusni/EPA.

Malaysian court overturns Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy acquittal

Mar 07, 2014 - 5:54 PM

UPDATED If the decision holds Anwar would be disqualified from parliament effectively ending his remarkable career

NOT GIVING UP. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a rally at a stadium in Kelana Jaya, Selangor on May 8, 2013. Thousands of Malaysians dressed in mourning black gathered May 8 to denounce elections which they claim were stolen through fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Discord clouds future of 'Malaysia: Truly Asia'

Jan 29, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Malaysian conservatives are flexing their muscles in what analysts call a high stakes fight for control of the powerful ruling party that is endangering reform and delicate race relations

UNITY IN DANGER? In this photo, a man (C) opens a bus door through within a poster showing the Malaysia ethnic communities with traditional dress in Kuala Lumpur on September 25, 2013. AFP / Mohd Rasfan

Malaysian leader strengthens hand in party polls

Oct 20, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Analysts said Najib appeared to have held off conservatives for now

Ex-leader's son in focus as Malaysia ruling party votes

Oct 19, 2013 - 1:35 PM

All eyes are now on Mukhriz Mahathir 48 whom analysts expect will seek to protect his father s legacy

PARTY POLLS. Voters cast their vote during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party elections in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on October 19, 2013. AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia shift on affirmative action angers minorities

Sep 25, 2013 - 12:50 PM

The Malaysian government s new measures to benefit the Malay majority raises fears they could accelerate a brain drain of talent heading overseas

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY? Minorities in Malaysia are angered by new government policies favoring the native Malay majority, with experts saying it could make the country lose its best and brightest. In this photo, a man (C) opens a bus door through within a poster showing the Malaysia ethnic communities with traditional dress in Kuala Lumpur on September 25, 2013. AFP / Mohd Rasfan

Watchdogs: Malaysia polls 'not fair'

May 08, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Independent Malaysian polls watchdogs disputed the government s insistence that elections were free and fair citing serious flaws in the electoral system

'Chinese tsunami' hits Malaysian politics

May 07, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Analyst: The Chinese have decided to vote as a bloc and they have decided to vote the opposition

Najib sworn in as opposition protests 'stolen' Malaysia poll

May 06, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days time to protest at a victory which he said was achieved via the worst electoral fraud in our history

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Opposition to fight 'stolen' Malaysia poll result - Anwar

May 06, 2013 - 2:23 PM

UPDATE Anwar Ibrahim said Monday May 6 his Malaysian opposition planned to contest the results of a bitter weekend election battle

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Record turnout in historic Malaysia polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Millions of Malaysians voted on Sunday May 5 with one of the world s longest serving governments under serious threat from an upstart opposition

HISTORIC VOTE. Malaysian voters queue to cast their votes during the country's 13th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 5, 2013. Malaysians vote in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Key issues, players and facts in Malaysia election

May 05, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Following are key electoral facts players and issues surrounding the Malaysian general elections

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia decides in high-stakes polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:46 AM

UPDATE Malaysians have keenly awaited the vote ever since 2008 polls when the opposition made unprecedented gains against the once invincible coalition in power since 1957

Malaysia's clean-polls pledge smudged by ink flap

May 01, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Some camps say the integrity of weekend elections was in doubt after revelations that indelible ink meant to prevent fraud was easily washed off

Malaysia braces for its closest election ever

Apr 30, 2013 - 11:29 AM

Analyst: It s going to be really close I think UMNO will win but with a reduced majority But there is a real chance Pakatan might do it

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysian election violence spikes: police

Apr 24, 2013 - 11:38 AM

A total of 387 incidents were reported in the first three days of the two week campaign and at least 15 people have been arrested over the violence

Hotly awaited Malaysia election set for May 5

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:55 PM

UPDATE Election Commission chairman Aziz Yusof said balloting would be preceded by a two week official campaign period kicking off on April 20

Specter of bias hovers over Malaysian vote

Mar 20, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Nearly all of Malaysia agrees coming elections will be the country s closest ever but voters ask: will the hotly anticipated contest be free and fair?